I wasn’t sure what to expect before reading Kearns’ novel but I’m very pleased I did.
This intriguing and compelling tale was hard to put down; the world-building and characterisation, while narratively straightforward, were both clean in their simplicity, aptly aiding the momentum and pace of the solidly-written story.
There are some adult themes here, so definitely not one for kids, but I would recommend it to anyone who likes their SF mixed with suspenseful horror, superstition, and not a little understated philosophy.
Based on this, I’d like to read more of his work.
I enjoyed it, and I think you will, too.
Tech billionaire, Mattias Goff, has invited five creative professionals – programmer, pianist, writer, actor, and photographer – for a monthlong residency at Crystal Falls, his Arctic retreat.
Researching brain waves, and especially the enigmatic gamma wave, Goff asks his guests to wear a kind of EEG cap in order to record the electrical activity in their brains while they engage with their respective disciplines. Although they will be paid $5million each for the experience, they all start their sojourn a little wary – some more than others.
Cut off from the outside world in the stunningly beautiful, if stark, Alaskan winter landscape they immerse themselves in their work. Soon, though, reality seems to be shifting. What is Goff really researching? Are his guests only being observed, or manipulated?